The Hurling League: the state of play as Kilkenny chase place in knock-out stages

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The Hurling League: the state of play as Kilkenny chase place in knock-out stages

Conor Fogarty is struggling to shake off a virus and he is unlikely to feature against Wexford

Five slots (Clare, Wexford, Limerick, Galway and Offaly) in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 quarter-finals have already been filled, which leaves three more to be decided in the final round of games on Sunday.
The weekend results will also decide who meets in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A relegation play-off, as well as completing the various final pairings and relegation details in the other divisions.
Sunday's programme (2.30pm) - Kilkenny v Wexford, Nowlan Park; Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium; Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park.
Clare and Wexford (six points each) have qualified for the quarter-finals ahead of the last round of games on Sunday.
Otherwise it is all to play for, with Tipperary, Kilkenny (both on four points), Cork and Waterford (two points) all vying for the other two quarter-final slots and battling to avoid a relegation play-off.
Where teams finish level on points, placings are decided on the head-to-head result for two teams or the points difference if more than two counties are involved.
Wexford are seeking their fourth successive win over Kilkenny having beaten them in last year’s Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals (2-18 to 0-19), in the Leinster semi-final (1-20 to 3-11) and in this year’s Walsh Cup final (frees shoot-out).
Cork are chasing their third successive win over Tipperary, having beaten them in Allianz Hurling League (0-26 to 3-16) and Munster championship (2-27 to 1-26) last year.